Spokane Review Op-Ed on Vote By Mail

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/local/story.asp?ID=159067

Excerpt from the Spokane Review Editorial:

Remember “New Coke”? All the experts agreed it was the wave of the future. It would taste better and outsell Pepsi forever.

Everything was perfectly planned, except none of that happened. The public hated it, the experts were wrong, and New Coke was one of the biggest product bombs of the 20th century.

One day people will remember forced vote- by-mail in the same way.

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  1. [More of the Article Below]

    These are not just theoretical dangers. In Virginia, a mayor and 13 residents of a small town have been charged with stealing ballots from mailboxes and casting them fraudulently.

    In Hartford, Conn., eight local politicians were arrested for absentee ballot fraud, including a state representative who last year pleaded guilty to “encouraging” voters in a housing complex to vote for him.

    Richard Mawrey, a judge in England who presided over a 2005 case where hundreds of absentee ballots were altered said, “Postal ballots are sent out in ordinary mail in clearly identifiable envelopes. Short of writing ‘STEAL ME’ on the envelopes, it is hard to see what more could be done to ensure their coming into the wrong hands.”

    Mail voting is “hopelessly insecure,” said Mawrey. “The system is wide open to fraud and any would-be political fraudster knows that it’s wide open to fraud.”

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